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The Sabbath: Its Meaning for Modern Man

The Sabbath: Its Meaning for Modern Man By Abraham Joshua Heschel Susannah Heschel The Sabbath Its Meaning for Modern Man Elegant passionate and filled with the love of God s creation Abraham Joshua Heschel s The Sabbath has been hailed as a classic of Jewish spirituality ever since its original publication and has be

  • Title: The Sabbath: Its Meaning for Modern Man
  • Author: Abraham Joshua Heschel Susannah Heschel
  • ISBN: 9780374529758
  • Page: 301
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Sabbath: Its Meaning for Modern Man By Abraham Joshua Heschel Susannah Heschel Elegant, passionate, and filled with the love of God s creation, Abraham Joshua Heschel s The Sabbath has been hailed as a classic of Jewish spirituality ever since its original publication and has been read by thousands of people seeking meaning in modern life In this brief yet profound meditation on the meaning of the Seventh Day, Heschel introduced the idea of an archElegant, passionate, and filled with the love of God s creation, Abraham Joshua Heschel s The Sabbath has been hailed as a classic of Jewish spirituality ever since its original publication and has been read by thousands of people seeking meaning in modern life In this brief yet profound meditation on the meaning of the Seventh Day, Heschel introduced the idea of an architecture of holiness that appears not in space but in time Judaism, he argues, is a religion of time it finds meaning not in space and the material things that fill it but in time and the eternity that imbues it, so that the Sabbaths are our great cathedrals.
    The Sabbath: Its Meaning for Modern Man By Abraham Joshua Heschel Susannah Heschel

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    1. Kilian Metcalf on said:

      I could feel the gears shifting in my head as I read this Jewish classic on the importance of sanctifying time instead of space I m sure I barely scratched the surface of the concepts that Heschel wishes to communicate To plumb the depths will require rereading and reflection It s a small book, packed with meaning, and one I will revisit again and again.

    2. Daniel on said:

      I really liked this book As a Christian, reading a Jewish perspective on Sabbath, one that seemed to draw on so much of Jewish tradition that I didn t know of, was a very rich experience for me At the same time, there were definitely parts I didn t understand, probably because I am looking in from the outside Heschel speaks of Sabbath as a palace in time In a world where we work with Space, using our time to create things, build, make, the sabbath is a time to cease in our obsession with space a [...]

    3. Michelle Jones on said:

      This is the most poetic book that isn t actually poetry I ve ever read Heschel was in love with the Sabbath Seriously in love with it and its place within Judaism and the world This 100 page book is love song to it When I took the Big Dunk one of the questions my Beit Din asked me was what particular observance meant the most to me and I said Shabbat At the time my Shabbat observance was only a fraction of what it is now but even then it really was a sanctification of time for me.Now Shabbat has [...]

    4. Julie Davis on said:

      Continuing my education on the third commandment and why we need to take it seriously Ok, I m already converted to the concept and live it to the best of my ability but I want to elevate it in my mind and heart if that makes sense I think Heschel would understand what I want to do because this book is obviously written for that concept Although I have to admit that the three rabbis parable is leaving me a bit stranded as it goes on for some time.I meant to add that observing the sacred with a li [...]

    5. Melody on said:

      Heschel teaches me much about sacramentality and liturgy in my own Christian tradition by guiding me to a richer understanding of how the Jewish tradition understands the sacredness of time as a gift of divine presence in the lives of God s people Lyrical and erudite, the book facilitates Sabbath reflection on time as a gift rather than an enemy, the true, reliable indicator of God s goodness and presence in the world Creation is the language of God, Time is His song 101.

    6. Soren Schmidt on said:

      Heschel presents a stunningly simple and profound thesis it is not in space, but in time, that we find God s likeness In a few short passages this book changed the way I think about not only the Sabbath, but the nature of God and my relationship with Him This is an absolute must read for anyone trying to understand and experience holiness.

    7. Mary Alice on said:

      I ll just post some quotes from the book to make you think There is a realm of time where the goal is not to have but to be, not to own but to give, not to control but to share, not to subdue but to be in accord Life goes wrong when the control of space, the acquisition of things of space, becomes our sole concern.In our daily lives we attend primarily to that which the senses are spelling out for us to what the eyes perceive, to what the fingers touch Reality to us is thinghood, consisting of s [...]

    8. David on said:

      This was selected by my Jewish philosophy book club, and on the whole our impression was favorable However, we thought that it was a bit scattered it couldn t quite decide whether it was a philosophy, inspiration, kabbalah, legalisms, or what have you One of us described it as a cute book Heschel s great insight which drives the book is that instead of sanctifying space, Judaism primarily sanctifies time and the sabbath is the most obvious and clear example of that He differentiates between the [...]

    9. Joel Wentz on said:

      This is a classic for a reason, or rather, for many reasons Rabbi Heschel s reflection on Sabbath keeping is poetic, philosophical, and mystical Even the act of reading it is a peaceful, meditative experience, and this is one that I could easily see myself returning to year after year, simply to keep the insights within it fresh and present The central contention of his argument is that the Jewish tradition poses an alternative to the religions, governments, philosophies of the world This altern [...]

    10. Homeschoolmama on said:

      This was probably one of the most inspiring books I ve read A short book, it is full of rich, deep truths and insights Heschel talks at length about time and space, and leads the reader into some philosophical worlds which are exciting and new The meaning of the Sabbath rest, holiness, sanctuary and peace is explored and delved into here, like no other book I ve read on the subject The only parts where I got a bit lost were when Heschel would quote from works by other rabbis texts I was unfamili [...]

    11. Michael Doyle on said:

      Breathtaking A love story about Shabbat, written in the most amazingly respectful and reverent language that easily communicates the hallowed feeling of the day, and why you might want to keep Shabbat, too.

    12. Brooke on said:

      4.5 stars Having a book like this assigned for my major religions class was a dream come true Religion is one of my favorite topics Heschel was an absolutely beautiful writer As a teacher and scholar in Hasidic Judaism, an Orthodox branch, he was incredibly well informed on his subject and brought that to light in the text However, his book is understandable and respectful to those not of this faith The way the Sabbath was presented is a new experience for me, but helped me to understand and app [...]

    13. Melissa on said:

      I ve had a holy envy of the Jewish Sabbath ever since being at the Western Wall on a Friday evening in Jerusalem The joy and celebration, especially the dancing, with which the Jewish people there greeted the coming of the Sabbath was something I d never before experienced, let alone associated with religious observance Heschel s book captures the philosophical underpinnings of that sense of joy, if not the joy itself I especially liked his descriptions of space and time, how the Sabbath is an a [...]

    14. Emily on said:

      This had been on my list for ages, and I finally read it as part of a reading challenge, to fulfill the category, one of the first ten books you put on your to read shelf A quick read, and if you ve read anything contemporary on the topic of Sabbath, this will feel very familiar While there are no surprises here, it s a worthwhile read poetic, thoughtful, beautiful.

    15. Lisa Feld on said:

      There is something both truly lovely and deeply frustrating about this book In a way, it reminds me of my experience in reading Rumi beautiful, transformative sentences, but the whole is so unstructured that it s impossible to point to any full poem or here, a full chapter as enjoyable, profound, or working well.Heschel begins with an interesting premise, that humans spend their energy trying to control space, the physical world, while the Sabbath offers us a chance to step outside that paradigm [...]

    16. Shira on said:

      Overall, this was a wonderful book, and I must thank Rabbi for recommending it to me R Heschel makes this book, and the idea of Shabbat, accessible for those of all faiths or even none On page 14 he cites Philo s excellent use of terms that the ancient Greeks already understood, those of athletics, to explain his concept, but points out on page 18 that even in Rome, bread and circuses were not enough Mankind needs sacred time as well I love the idea of 6 winged angels, and the ideas of paradise, [...]

    17. Amar Pai on said:

      One nice thing about religion is that practicing it makes you very aware of the cyclical nature of time You get attuned to the seasons There are celebrations of renewal in spring, and festivals of light during the darkest days of winter.Judaism especially is all about the sanctification of time It s been argued that Jews were without a nation for so long that they became at home only in time What is the Sabbath if not an abstract cathedral erected each Saturday Heschel wrote the poetical book on [...]

    18. Rebecca on said:

      I d read this book many years ago, right when I decided that I MIGHT be interested in keeping Shabbos Picking it up at the library, I wondered how well it would hold up now that I m Orthodox and have been keeping Shabbos strictly for 18 years It s a revelation Not only does it really hold water for someone who is Orthodox Rabbi Heschel was Conservative but his writing is so poetic, I was in raptures Just a lovely book.

    19. Jonathan on said:

      Abraham Heschel who was Professor of Ethics and Mysticism at the Jewish Theological Seminary, wrote this, his most famous work on how the Shabbat appears not in space, but rather in time That is to say that we experience holiness in time and the eternity that imbues it and not in material things or places And the Shabbat is Judaism s greatest temple This slim volume is a spiritual rendering of the Shabbat s significance A must for those who seek to understand Judaism and it s holy days.

    20. Erica on said:

      A dear friend and mentor reccommended this book to me quite a while ago, and I ve only now finished it It s beautiful and thought provoking and quite often challenging all at the same time A few gems Time to us is sarcasm, a slick treacherous monster with a jaw like a furnace incinerating every moment of our lives Eternity utters a day.

    21. David on said:

      This is a beautiful and profound book It is too bad that most people will miss it.

    22. Jeremy on said:

      A brilliant work, both for those with broad familiarity with Judaism and for one seeking something of the depth and spirituality of the tradition beyond the introductory.

    23. Heather on said:

      I think there is a lot that we can all learn from Judaism, particularly about the importance, blessings, and purpose of observing the Sabbath The way they honor the Sabbath is remarkable and causes me to pause and think about my devotion and commitment to God This is a short and interesting book that contains some helpful insights into their beliefs I thought the discussion of space and time was particularly interesting We focus so much on things and places in this life, but they can get in the [...]

    24. Jeremy Manuel on said:

      As a Christian, Sabbath, has always been a concept talked about but never really fleshed out too much That it always tended to have a outward focus, lamenting on how others weren t keeping the Sabbath, rather than an inward focus So after hearing good things about the Jewish classic by Abraham Joshua Heschel, I wanted to give it a shot and see what insights he had into the idea of Sabbath.Now the way that Heschel approaches the Sabbath from the beginning is very different from any way I had hea [...]

    25. MarcasCriostai on said:

      I was really looking forward to this and give a negative review with no merriment However, I can see a few tendencies in Heschel, which made his reflections on the sabbath a lot weaker than it could should have been Stylistically, he often has a tendency to draw up false dichotomies to make his point points which are made with great rhetorical force but a real lack of nuance He then places one idea over and against another rather arbitrarily and often in ways which don t match the symphonic char [...]

    26. Gabe on said:

      This was an interesting and quick read Heschel s prose is poetic and powerful, although a bit meandering The book is of an extended ode to the Jewish Sabbath than a guide to its understanding or a rigorous treatise To me, the subtitle of the book The Sabbath its meaning for modern man may be a bit misleading The meaning of the Sabbath discussed here is quite abstract and doesn t strike me as particularly modern even for the 1950s when it was written He goes on at length about how space and time [...]

    27. Steven Nordstrom on said:

      Interesting and very different from the theological books I ve ever read I attribute its difference to a tradition of Talmudic scholarship with which I m almost completely unfamiliar This felt spiritual and numinous, and it resisted traditional western ways of presenting arguments and defending them with evidences Rather, many of the theological assertions were metaphorical and true based on their poetic merits than any philosophical argument.The idea that the concept of Sabbath as a time set a [...]

    28. Liz on said:

      The Sabbath is a classic for a reason the writing is poetic, drawing the reader into a love for the Sabbath Describing the Sabbath as sacred time was new for me in the sense that often I ascribe sacredness to spaces and practices Here, Heschel shows that from the beginning of history, before the Israelites had a sacred space to worship God, they had a blessed day a space in time set apart for connection between the Bride His people and the Groom God Himself.

    29. Connor on said:

      This book gives you an entirely new way of seeing the world Trenchant and wholly differentiated from our modern values, The Sabbath simultaneously helped me understand the Hebraic values which shaped so much of my own religious literature, and adopt a new value of Sabbath for the time I still possess.

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